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Legacy (Legacy Trilogy) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 18, 2009
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In an award-winning YA fantasy debut (the first of a planned trilogy), novelist Cayla Kluver brings a magical touch to an unrelentingly suspenseful coming-of-age tale. Duty-bound to wed her father’s choice in successor to the throne, Princess Alera of Hytanica believes that she is being forced into the worst of all possible fates—a marriage to the arrogant and hot-tempered suitor, Steldor. When a mysterious boy from enemy Cokyri appears bearing secrets and an entirely different view of what's appropriate behavior for a young lady, Alera learns that her private desires threaten to destroy the kingdom. When Narian’s shocking past comes to light, Alera finds herself in a shadowy world of palace intrigue and ancient blood feuds, facing an uncertain future with dwindling options—and must learn to decide between right and wrong all alone. Marked by witty, rapid-fire dialogue and dramatic complexity that belie the writer’s age, Legacy brings a fresh, new sensibility to age-old questions of duty and inheritance and to a young heroine’s quest to find her true voice.
Legacy, the first installment of the planned Legacy Trilogy, won First Place in the Reader's Views 2008 Literary Awards, Bronze Medalist in Young Adult Fiction in the 2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards; Finalist in Young Adult Fiction in the National Best Books Awards 2008, sponsored by USA Book News.
Five Stars: If you're looking for a richly painted tapestry of words, a fantasy sort of book written as if Jane Austen were still alive and had decided to write fantasies involving princesses, then you're sure to love Legacy. Like Austen's books, Legacy is a novel of manners, social interactions, gossip, and headstrong, intelligent women deciding for themselves who would be their best marriage partner rather than relying on convention or the wishes of others. The plot will likely please anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre, and the writing style is one which revels in its description and which you'd expect from a highly experienced author with several novels to her credit - yet the author of Legacy is merely fifteen years old. One can only ask, to what further heights can she go? --Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I can honestly say that it took me a while to get into the book although I loved London's character from the very beginning. But once the story picked up I couldn't put it down!! This book makes you fall in love with every single character including Steldor, an arrogantly annoying man. Princess Alera also steals your heart as you feel her dilemma between her duty as a princess and her heart's desire.
Halfway through Legacy I tried to find out when the next book, Allegiance, will be released. It was then that I found out that the Author had just turned 16 years old and was 15 when she wrote Legacy!!! 15 YEARS OLD!! I couldn't believe it because the world Kluver created in this book is so elaborate and you can't imagine a 15 year old creating Hytanica.
There is only one drawback to this book. Kluver's writing, although good, is descriptive to the point where you know every single character's clothing in every scene right down to the shoes on their feet. I found myself at times skimming through those paragraphs because it was a bit too elaborate and some words were just too big for me. I understand that Kluver is trying to provide every detail for the reader to be able to see what they're reading but I think it may deter some readers.
Despite that, this book is absolutely amazing! I love the story.Read more ›
Princess Alera of Hytanica is being pressed to marry arrogant Steldor, the most promising young warrior of the kingdom. But handsome, enigmatic Narian rides out of the rival kingdom of Cokyri, a land evidently ruled by militant feminist ninja mystics. Experienced youth fantasy readers know what happens next. With war on the horizon and old secrets exposed, duty and romance battle for Alera's limited loyalties.
How does Miss Kluver get it wrong? Let me count the ways. This is a coming of age story from an author who hasn't come of age. It deals with courtship and marriage, though the author has never been married and probably has been only recently courted. And it deals with parental repression although, to judge by her repeated gushing, she has known nothing but support from her family. She's simply memorized these tropes from other books she's read.
I never get past the feeling that the author is clearing her throat. She introduces characters and keeps them in holding patterns for hundreds of pages. When I hit page 150 and we were still in Act One, I was frustrated. At page 300 I was angry. At page 450 I wanted to throw the book across the room. It's bad enough when name brand authors like Anne Rice or Stephen King expect me to read their finger exercises, but a debut author hasn't earned that indulgence.Read more ›
The cover was pretty and it drew me in, which should have been a sign. Whenever there's a pretty cover, chances are, it's a horrible book. But, Cayla was only fifteen when she wrote this, so I figured, why not? But the thing is, I'm still wondering how this book was published.
So, it starts out with a prologue, which pretty much tells everything you need to know about the book. In fact, you can read that and not have to read more because you know what's going to happen. A bunch of boys were taken from the enemy, all but one were returned dead. Guess where that one is? Yeah, if you guess he's with the enemy and suddenly comes back and is the intruder mentioned in the description, you guessed right. If you didn't guess that... there's something wrong with you, like missing common sense.
Once you get past the prologue, you have to deal with the encyclopedia, I mean the story. Which consists of Alera telling the reader everything about everything. I don't mean explaining it or showing it, like you know, good writers do, but telling the story. TELLING it. Which makes it drag on even more. Honestly, it felt like I was reading an encyclopedia with random conversations in the middle.
One of the big plot points for this story is just so ridiculously stupid that it would never ever happen. Once Alera turns eighteen, she has to marry and her husband will take over the kingdom as King right away and her father will step away. What kingdom EVER has EVER done that?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wholeheartedly admit that I am addicted to books with pretty covers. Hence why I bought this series in the first place. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Olivia McCloskey
I must say, I'm impressed. Cayla kluver wrote this when she was only fourteen years old. That's amazing! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sarah Taylor
Loved this book! Completely captivated and pulled me in with the action and romancePublished 8 months ago by April Cate
Interesting story, but too many details & repetitive scenes that did not move the story forward appreciably. A somewhat tiresome read, I ended up skimming my way through it.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
A fun and exciting read thrilling my heart and love for monarchy, I was pleasantly pleased with this first installment in the Legacy series. Admired the variation of diction. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Abigail
My white flag is out, and it’s waving in surrender. I’ve made multiple attempts to plow forward through this book, but I’m at the point where I can’t take even one more chapter. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Angela's Library